Ersin Topcuoglu, MD, MPH
Senior Principal Technical Advisor
Ersin Topcuoglu, is an executive program/project manager, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management, with 30 years of public health experience. He has extensive experience in designing, leading, and managing complex international health programs, including results-based performance management systems. He has built technical capacity at the governmental and local levels; implemented results-based management; and developed national strategic and annual plans, budgets, and M&E frameworks. He has developed and managed health projects in more than 20 countries throughout Africa, central and southeast Asia, and the Middle East, all focusing on strengthening the managerial and technical capacity of managers and leaders to produce and demonstrate results. He started working for MSH in 1997 as Country Representative in Turkey. He currently serves as the Senior Principal Technical Advisor for TB, helping MSH expand and manage its TB program portfolio. He provides strategic guidance and technical assistance to MSH in developing proposals and managing projects. Prior to his current role, he served as the Deputy Director of Challenge TB, a five-year, USAID-funded $525 million flagship project implemented in 23 countries. Prior to Challenge TB, he served as the Deputy Director of the USAID-funded TB CARE I project and as the M&E officer for the USAID-funded TB CAP project, where he developed and managed the overall M&E strategy. Ersin’s technical areas of expertise include project and program design and management, M&E, performance management and improvement, commodity management and logistics management information systems, and designing and conducting training courses. Ersin earned his medical degree at Cumhuriyet University and his master’s of public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is fluent in Turkish and English.